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by Nina
02 May 2020, 13:15
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Help with identification
Replies: 19
Views: 966

Re: Help with identification

Do have a good look at the information on that site I gave the link to. There are detailed photos on it that should help you, Hermanns certainly don't have a solid black plastron. Look, for example, and the first species on the Hermanni Haven site -- the Western Hermanns -- and you will see photos o...
by Nina
02 May 2020, 12:34
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Help with identification
Replies: 19
Views: 966

Re: Help with identification

Hi Lucre, Great photos and thank you. i'm sure that Lin will come in soon, but in the meantime my view is that he (or she) is definitely a Hermanns. You might want to look at a really excellent website for Hermanns -- it's called Hermanni Haven and here is a link: https://www.hermannihaven.com/gener...
by Nina
01 May 2020, 22:20
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Help with identification
Replies: 19
Views: 966

Re: Help with identification

Hi Lucre -- and how nice to hear from you again. I hope the weather in Italy is warmer than it is in the UK at the moment (we had two weeks of beautiful weather and now it is cold and wet again). It is really good to hear how well you are keeping little Jeff! All the things you are doing (diet, goin...
by Nina
01 May 2020, 16:22
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Shell shape
Replies: 12
Views: 781

Re: Shell shape

Oh dear, yes I was going to make some enquiries and I never managed to do it, but I promise I will now -- sorry, and thanks for reminding me! Nina xx Teddy28 wrote: > Hello, hope you don't mind me jumping in on this post, Nina did you manage > to find any info about using incubators for hiberbating?...
by Nina
30 Apr 2020, 18:29
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Shell shape
Replies: 12
Views: 781

Re: Shell shape

Ahh, yes, fridges are the cause of worry for all of us, as they do fluctuate. Were you measuring temperatures in a larder fridge (i.e. a fridge without a freezing compartment)? That is where you start -- it can't have a freezing compartment. Some people use those drinks fridges (I think Huskey is su...
by Nina
30 Apr 2020, 16:56
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Shell shape
Replies: 12
Views: 781

Re: Shell shape

With a tail that size I don't think there is any chance the 'he' is a 'she' :D I wouldn't use the Jackson Ratio for this -- it's really only meant to be used to judge whether a tortoise is of a sufficient weight to hibernate, and as a general measure it can be very misleading. Also, it was based on ...
by Nina
29 Apr 2020, 23:42
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Is this normal?
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: Is this normal?

Four large poos is a lot, so that’s possible, but it’s also possible that he was saving them up to deposit in the bath to save you the trouble of spot cleaning his enclosure! :D

Nina
by Nina
29 Apr 2020, 18:35
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Shell shape
Replies: 12
Views: 781

Re: Shell shape

Hi and thanks for the photos of the very handsome Moe! Well, he is very definitely male, isn't he? I think his shell looks pretty good, although I think I can see some small raising of scutes that go down the middle of the top of his shell, and in one of the photos the scute just above the one that ...
by Nina
29 Apr 2020, 14:29
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Is this normal?
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: Is this normal?

It is perfectly normal (in most cases) and most often happens when they are startled. In order to fit their heads inside their shells properly tortoises need to expel the air from their lungs, and when they do it quickly the expelling of air makes that hissing sound. Not sure why he is doing it whil...
by Nina
24 Apr 2020, 22:04
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: HELP ! One, two or more Hermann's?
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: HELP ! One, two or more Hermann's?

Sorry, a really old photo of the torts in the garden crept in there when I uploaded the others, and I can't seem to delete it without deleting everything and starting again!
Nina
by Nina
24 Apr 2020, 21:58
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: HELP ! One, two or more Hermann's?
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: HELP ! One, two or more Hermann's?

Hi Yahtzdog, Ahh, you live in the States! Whereabouts? I'm originally from the States (near Chicago), but have lived in the UK for many years. Depending on where you live, you might well have a climate that is more suitable for tortoises than we have here (England is as cold and rainy as everyone sa...
by Nina
24 Apr 2020, 16:25
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: HELP ! One, two or more Hermann's?
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: HELP ! One, two or more Hermann's?

Hi Yahtzdog (sorry, I don't know your name) and welcome to the Tortoise Table! It's really great that you are doing your research and asking questions before you get your tortoise -- so many people don't and then they end up with real problems. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to house one male...
by Nina
23 Apr 2020, 21:28
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Spur thigh has kink in tail?
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Spur thigh has kink in tail?

Hi Kimberley, You didn't barge in at all -- your post was really welcome. Funnily enough I was speaking with Ellie on the phone tonight and we were saying exactly the same thing -- that the rough patch could well be caused by the scute rubbing agianst the tail (and that would explain the little roug...
by Nina
23 Apr 2020, 09:53
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Tube feeding horse field tortoise
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Tube feeding horse field tortoise

Hi Misty, Well done for rescuing this tortoise! Did the vet say what he thought was the cause of her problem? Regarding the vitamin injections -- do you know which vitamins they were ? It's just that tortoises usually should not have vitamin A injections, because that can cause problems. In rare cas...
by Nina
23 Apr 2020, 09:44
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Spur thigh has kink in tail?
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Spur thigh has kink in tail?

Thanks for the info and the photos weilko93 (sorry, I don't know your name -- lol, or the tortoise's name). First of all, well done for giving this tortoise a good diet and keeping it well hydrated -- that is really important. Are you also giving it a calcium supplement as well? The size and shape o...
by Nina
22 Apr 2020, 23:13
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Spur thigh has kink in tail?
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Spur thigh has kink in tail?

Hi, and welcome to The Tortoise Table. I’m not on my computer now (only my iPad), but I think i can see the kink you are talking about. Does this cause your tortoise any problems? Does she poo and wee normally and without any problems? If so then I can’t think why a vet would suggest an operation or...
by Nina
20 Apr 2020, 22:44
Forum: African Species
Topic: Bonding session!
Replies: 2
Views: 832

Re: Bonding session!

Well, that photo really made my day! How lovely is that -- thanks so much Bex.

Nina
by Nina
17 Apr 2020, 20:38
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Help!
Replies: 13
Views: 1250

Re: Help!

I'm so sorry that there is no result yet, but the weather is really cool and he is probably safely dug in somewhere about two feet from where you're standing. Hopefully when it gets warmer you'll wake up one morning and find him a bit muddy by standing proudly in the centre of your lawn. We're all t...
by Nina
16 Apr 2020, 17:55
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 5 year old Herman pyramiding concerns
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: 5 year old Herman pyramiding concerns

Hi Fiona, I don't think i would use the Jackson ratio as a guide in this situation. That scale is traditionally used determine if a tortoise if fit to hibernate, and as helpful in ordinary times, as it was based on statistics gathered from tortoises in the wild and we are dealing with tortoises in c...
by Nina
15 Apr 2020, 22:27
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Beginner
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: Beginner

Hi Megan, Whew -- I can't tell you how many people get sold the wrong equipment and are given the wrong advice right at the beginning and then encounter huge problems as they go along. That isn't happening to you, and it sounds to me like you are getting off to an excellent start, so well done! Marg...
by Nina
15 Apr 2020, 19:55
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Beginner
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: Beginner

Hi Megan and welcome to The Tortoise Table! And congratulations on your tortoise -- can you tell us what species it is? It's just that there are at least four or five different species that fall under the term 'Mediterranean' tortoises, and they do have slightly different care needs. And if you tell...
by Nina
15 Apr 2020, 18:24
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Help!
Replies: 13
Views: 1250

Re: Help!

Oh dear, I am so sorry -- this must be really distressing for you! You've done all the right things, and all I can suggest is that you keep doing them. The evening is cool and he has very likely slowed down and maybe dug in somewhere. They do tend to dig in next to and under shrubs. Hopefully when t...
by Nina
14 Apr 2020, 22:34
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Soil
Replies: 4
Views: 1140

Re: Soil

Ahh, I think I misunderstood. When you said it was usually what you use, I thought you meant you used it as a substrate (some people use John Innes no. 1 for substrate, as it's got the least fertiliser in it). For sowing seeds I would use John Innes no. 1 or John Innes seed compost. Weeds and wild f...
by Nina
14 Apr 2020, 20:51
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Soil
Replies: 4
Views: 1140

Re: Soil

Hi Stevie, Great to hear from you, and i hope your Hermanns are doing well and enjoying the sunshine we've been having recently! We always recommend a mixture of ordinary sterilised topsoil and children's play sand, mixed either 50/50, or with a slightly higher proportion of topsoil to sand (my tort...
by Nina
13 Apr 2020, 16:02
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: Offering home for Hermanns tortoises
Replies: 13
Views: 1658

Re: Offering home for Hermanns tortoises

Oh dear, I've just re-read this thread and realised (don't know why I didn't pick it up earlier) that Victoria you have a male (Milligan), and Tia you have a female Hermann. I'm afraid it's almost impossible to keep one male and one female tortoise together, and this goes across pretty much all spec...